Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships

Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships is a programme of scholarships offered by the Scottish Government in collaboration with Scottish universities in the areas of science, technology, creative industries, healthcare and medical sciences, and renewable and clean energy.

Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships are an incredible opportunity to study in a country with world-leading universities and a long tradition of academic excellence. Our chosen scholars are people who aspire to become influential leaders in their future careers. They have wide ranging interests outside their studies and a desire to broaden their personal and academic experience in Scotland. Find out more about the study options available.

The scheme offers up to 50 awards, each worth £8000, towards tuition fees for any one year of full time study on a postgraduate Masters programme at any of Scotland’s higher education institutions.

Scholarships are available to citizens of the following countries: Canada, China (including Hong Kong), India, Japan, Pakistan and USA.

Saltire Scholars will also have the opportunity to take part in a programme of activities over and above their studies, including dialogue with the academic and business community in Scotland.

As one of our Saltire Scholars, you’ll act as an ambassador not only for the Saltire Scholarships programme, but also for Scotland. You can find out more about these aspects of the scholarship in the requirements page.

In order to apply for a Saltire Scholarship candidates must have a conditional or unconditional offer of a place at a Scottish university on an eligible course. See the full list of eligibility criteria.

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Requirements

Saltire Scholars will be required to:

  • Maintain a standard of conduct that will uphold the good reputation of the Saltire Scholarship Programme and the institution at which they study.
  • Actively participate in the programme’s extra-curricular events. Scholars will participate in a welcome reception and an end of year conference. (Scholars may be excused from attending in the event of exceptional circumstances).
  • Support communications activity promoting Scotland and Scottish higher education, based on their own experience. This might include:
    • Posting on social media about their time and experience in Scotland.
    • Being available for an interview (including on camera) during either the welcome or end-of-year event, granting Scottish Government and the relevant university the right to use  the text and footage indefinitely.
    • Agreeing that the Scottish Government can use any photographs, blogs, quotes etc in connection with your Saltire Scholarship participation for marketing purposes.
  • In accordance with relevant data protection legislation, give consent to the use of their contact data in order to receive information on the Saltire programme both during their studies and after graduation.

TERMINATION OF SALTIRE SCHOLARSHIPS

To maintain the integrity of the Saltire Scholarships and its alumni network, the Scottish Government may remove Saltire Scholars from the programme – for example where they do not adhere to the principles of the programme; or where their continued membership of participation may cause embarrassment or damage to Scotland’s reputation.

At any time, the relevant higher education institution will be able to recommend to the Scottish Government the removal of a Saltire Scholar from the programme, for disciplinary or other issues that they consider make that individual’s continued participation in the programme inappropriate.

Eligibility Rules

Interested in applying for a Saltire Scholarship? Here’s the information you need on eligibility!

In order to be eligible for a Saltire Scholarship, candidates must:

  • Have a conditional or unconditional offer of a place at a Scottish university on an eligible course.
  • Be a citizen of Canada, India, Japan, USA, Pakistan or China (Hong Kong citizens are also eligible as it is a Special Administrative Region of China).
  • Be able to demonstrate that they can meet the costs of living in Scotland and the remaining tuition fees.
  • Not have previously studied for a full undergraduate degree in Scotland.
  • Not have previously received a Saltire Scholarship.
  • Meet the language requirements of the course.
  • Complete an application form and submit it by the closing date of 26 May 2019.

ELIGIBLE COURSES:

  • The course must be a postgraduate Masters level course in one of the following subject areas:
    • Science
    • Technology
    • Creative industries
    • Healthcare and medical sciences
    • Renewable and clean energy
  • Courses must be full-time and delivered in Scotland. Online, distance learning or courses delivered at a Scottish university campus overseas are not eligible for the scholarship.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • An interest in studying in Scotland and/or at a specific Scottish university.
  • The aspiration to work and study in a global context and take a position of leadership in their chosen career.
  • A willingness and the necessary interpersonal and communication skills required to participate in the programme of activities that accompanies the scholarships.

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What Can I Study?

The scholarships are designed to support the promotion of Scotland as an excellent destination for academic learning and are targeted at the priority sectors of:

  1. Science
  2. Technology
  3. Creative industries
  4. Healthcare and medical sciences
  5. Renewable and clean energy

This includes a wide range of subjects across all of Scotland’s universities and higher education institutions.

The list below is intended as a guide to priority subject areas. This list is not exclusive and applications for courses in broader subject areas will be considered. Please check with your institution to see what courses are covered.

Examples of subject areas include:

SCIENCE

  • Earth Sciences
  • Environment
  • Energy
  • Geology
  • Weather and Climate
  • Plants/Botany
  • Animals/Zoology

TECHNOLOGY

  • Software
  • Engineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Information
  • Systems
  • Multimedia
  • Engineering
  • Computers

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

  • Communications, Media and Culture
  • Broadcasting
  • Film
  • Animation
  • Journalism
  • Cultural
  • Publishing
  • New Media Studies
  • Computer Games / Computer Arts
  • Design
  • Graphic
  • Industrial
  • Interior
  • Fashion

HEALTHCARE AND MEDICAL SCIENCES

  • Physical and Life Sciences
  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Health Sciences
  • Biotechnology

CLEAN AND RENEWABLE ENERGY

  • Sustainable Engineering
  • Renewable Energy
  • Biomass / Bio fuels
  • Hydro / Solar / Tidal / Wind power

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. WHAT ARE THE SALTIRE SCHOLARSHIPS?

Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships (SSS) is a programme of scholarships run by the Scottish Government in partnership with Scotland’s higher education institutions. The scheme offers up to 50 awards, each worth £8000 towards the annual international tuition fee of successful applicants.

2. WHAT LEVEL OF STUDY ARE THE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR?

Scholarships are available for one year of a postgraduate Masters course at any of Scotland’s higher education institutions.

Please note, Saltire Scholarships are not available for students of the Open University in Scotland. 

3.  WHAT SUBJECTS CAN I STUDY?

The scholarships are designed to support the promotion of Scotland as an excellent destination for academic learning and are therefore targeted at the priority sectors of:

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Creative industries
  • Healthcare and medical sciences
  • Renewable and clean energy

This list is not exclusive and applications for courses in broader subject areas will be considered. Please check with your institution to see what courses are covered.  Examples of subjects that can be studied can also be found here.

4. ARE THE SCHOLARSHIPS LIMITED TO SPECIFIC COUNTRIES?

Yes, Saltire Scholarships are only available to citizens of:

  • Canada
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Pakistan
  • United States of America

(Hong Kong is also eligible as a Special Administrative Region of China)

5. I COME FROM A COUNTRY NOT MENTIONED ABOVE, CAN I STILL APPLY?

Unfortunately, at this time Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships (SSS) are only available to citizens and permanent residents of Canada, China, India, Japan, Pakistan and USA.

6. WHAT DOES ‘CITIZEN’ MEAN?

A citizen is someone who is legally recognised and accepted as belonging to a particular country, either by birth or naturalisation.

7. WHAT DOES ‘PERMANENT RESIDENT’ MEAN?

A permanent resident is someone who has acquired permanent resident status by immigrating to a country, but is not yet a full citizen of that country. Permanent residents have certain rights and privileges in that country even though they remain citizens of their home country. A person in a country temporarily, such as an international student or a temporary foreign worker, is not a permanent resident.

Please note that each of the six eligible countries will set their own criteria for permanent residency. For further information on this please check the website of the immigration agency in these countries.

8. CAN I APPLY FOR A SALTIRE SCHOLARSHIP AT ANOTHER UK INSTITUTION?

No, the Saltire Scholarships is a Scottish Government programme and you would need to study at a Scottish institution.

9. WHAT DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD COVER?

The scheme offers up to 50 awards, each worth £8000, towards the cost of tuition fees for one year of a postgraduate Masters course at any of Scotland’s higher education institutions.

10. WHAT ABOUT THE REMAINDER OF THE TUITION FEE COST AND OTHER LIVING EXPENSES?

Any additional costs and expenses are the responsibility of the student.

11. CAN I STUDY PART TIME OR BY DISTANCE LEARNING FROM HOME?

No, courses must be full time and delivered in Scotland. Not online or by distance learning.

12. HOW DO I APPLY?

You should complete the application form.

13. DO I NEED TO APPLY TO A SCOTTISH UNIVERSITY BEFORE HAND?

Yes, you need an unconditional or conditional offer from your university before your application can be considered.

14. DO I NEED TO SUPPLY ANY OTHER DOCUMENTATION WITH MY APPLICATION?

No, but your university may ask for further documentation at a later date.

15. I HAVE PREVIOUSLY BEEN AWARDED THE SALTIRE SCHOLARSHIP, CAN I APPLY AGAIN?

No, the scholarship can only be awarded once.

16. I HAVE BEEN AWARDED A SCHOLARSHIP FROM MY UNIVERSITY AND/OR OTHER SOURCE, CAN I ALSO APPLY FOR THE SALTIRE SCHOLARSHIP?

Yes, but it would be at the discretion of the university whether you would be awarded more than one scholarship.

17. THE COURSE I AM TAKING LASTS FOR TWO YEARS, WOULD I GET THE SCHOLARSHIP FOR BOTH YEARS?

No, the scholarship is for one year only.

18. I AM CURRENTLY STUDYING AT A SCOTTISH INSTITUTION. CAN I APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP?

No, the scholarship is to encourage new international students to come to Scotland and you must not have studied in Scotland before.

19. HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT VISA/IMMIGRATION ARRANGEMENTS?

The following link has information on immigration arrangements for foreign students. This information can be found here.

20. IS THERE A CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS?

Yes, the closing date is 26 May 2019.

21. WHEN WILL I BE INFORMED OF THE DECISION?

Your university will inform you shortly after the closing date.

22. IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, WHOM SHOULD I CONTACT?

In the first instance, you should contact the university to which you are applying. You can also email the Saltire Scholarship mailbox.

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